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Finished!

January 26th, 2015

Fireworks-blogHey, I’ve made an album! All my own songs. I played most of the instruments too. It took a year to record, and we did the final session last Tuesday. So that’s it – job done. I’ve just got to sell the thing now and … oomph! … there I am, back to Earth with a bump.

Seems like polishing off an album is just like finishing a collection of poems, a set of stories, or a novel. After all the great creative work, you have to get down to business. Should you release the thing yourself (self-publish)? Or try for a record company (publisher)? Who’ll do the artwork? Should you get a stock of hard copies made, or just go digital? And what about marketing? Read the rest of this entry »




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Am I Rambling?

January 19th, 2015

footpath-blogYou know how people say, ‘If you’re stuck for an idea and don’t know what to write, then go for a walk?’ Well, if you were really at a loss, you could always try writing about … the walk.

Does that sound daft? It did when I first put it down. But, apparently, it’s not. You see, I’ve just finished reading an article called The Great Outdoors by WB tutor Simon Whaley. It was in an old edition of E-Zee Writer from 2009, and it’s all about writing, then publishing, walking routes. Read the rest of this entry »




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Ten Top Tips for Proofreading and Editing

January 12th, 2015

First-Draft-blogOkay, here we are, just twelve days in and it feels like the new year was months ago. How are your resolutions getting on? Mine are … just about alive. I did two workouts last week, though I lapsed when it came to the chocolate. Writing came off best – I managed some time on fiction every day, writing or editing (research doesn’t count).

I’ve been working on a short story which, some of you may recall, came out of missing a competition deadline back in November. It’s called ‘The Little People,’ and I’m now at the ‘whittling’ stage – shaving out words, shifting, checking and tidying things up so that, hopefully, it’ll become a publishable manuscript.

So, as much for myself as anyone else, here’s some handy hints to spruce up your scribblings: Read the rest of this entry »




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Gizza Job!

December 22nd, 2014

jobs_BlogA friend of ours got a new job last week – Senior Copywriter for one of the big banks. I’m not sure what the salary is, but it’s more than her last post (also copywriting) and comes with all the perks of full-time employment – holiday pay; sickness benefits; pension plan, etc. Understandably, she’s delighted, and though she’s not planning a mansion on Millionaires’ Row just yet, she may well take an extra holiday some time in the new year. Read the rest of this entry »




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Further On Down The Road

December 15th, 2014

Road-blogLooking for inspiration in some back copies of E-Zee Writer, I came across a great article by Esther Newton called ‘Plan B.’ It’s all about what to do if your dream of becoming the next Ian Fleming or Toni Morrison doesn’t pan out. Obviously, with my history of not finishing fantasy trilogies, it got me thinking, eventually wishing I could go back and have a quiet word with the writer I used to be in the mid-nineties, when the first words of my magnum opus were committed to floppy disc (remember them?) Read the rest of this entry »




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